‘The Voice’ Season 5, Episode 2: Movin’ On Up!
Tuesday brought more fantastic Blind Auditions on Season 5 of "The Voice," featuring a dazzling array of talent, including an '80s movie starlet, a beardy bluesman with a fondness for '70s sitcom themes, a Jersey girl, and a Jamaican pop powerhouse. It was, of course, another fine night of music television. (Keep this up, Mark Burnett, and you may end up with another Emmy on your mantel next year…)
Here's a full recap of the singers who made it through on this Tuesday's episode:
Jacquie Lee – This Italian princess from New Joisey gave a somewhat fistpump-worthy performance of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," even if the song wasn't exactly the best choice for the sweet 16-year-old's teen-pop pipes. Perhaps that is why it took a really long time for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera to hit their buttons. Once Jacquie's performance ended, CeeLo Green actually seemed way more interested in her boots, even Instagramming them and squeezing in a bizarre plug for mall shop Aldo. (This made me wonder if he'd be a better judge on "Fashion Star" or "Project Runway," but in his defense, they were really awesome boots.) Blake claimed, "I specialize in 16-year-old girls winning this show," which sounded a little icky…but in the end, Jacquie went with former teen diva Christina, who persuaded her with the line "I want to be that shoulder you can lean on." Wow, Xtina's really in it to win it this year. That was a laid-on-thick sales pitch worthy of the snake-oily Adam Levine himself.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina
Barry Black – Originally from American Samoa and now eking out a living as a Vegas entertainer, Barry's gimmick was his "mouth-horn," which sort of made him the poor man's Blake Lewis (of "American Idol") or Michael Winslow (of "Police Academy" 1 through 7). Adam couldn't help but turn his chair out of curiosity when Barry started making farty kazoo noises out of the corner of his mouth, and Blake turned as well; Adam eventually won Barry over with the line "I think you're weird and wonderful." (That was a compliment, by the way.) But I have a feeling this guy is fodder and will be a goner in the Battle Rounds; I found his actual singing kind of bland, and I don't think any "Voice" viewer really wants to sit through an entire season of his lippy sound effects.
MEMBER OF: Team Adam
Destinee Quinn – This biker-bar country musician, ex-beauty queen, and onetime "Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding" talent contest winner really looked like a star. In other words, she was gorgeous. She had a nice (if not perfect) country voice singing the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away," but it was a red flag that the one country coach on the panel, Blake, didn't spin for her. Destinee was left to choose between Christina, who called her an "angel of God," and CeeLo, who probably had less-than-angelic thoughts running through his henna-tattooed brain as he looked Destinee up and down, his lecherous eyes practically burning holes through his sunglasses. Eventually Destinee picked Christina, breaking poor pervy CeeLo's heart. Blake said he missed Destinee's "bottom end" (don't worry, that wasn't a come-on), but threatened to steal her later. I do believe that, whichever coach she ends up with, Destinee is destined to go far. She's just got that…wait for it…X factor.
MEMBER OF: Team Xtina